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Total crime 40%
Violent crime 60%
Property crime 37%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWilmington/100k peopleNorth Carolina/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime4,352n/a (estimate)3,4892,7292,489
Murder7n/a5.66.05.0
Rape74n/a59.331.042.6
Robbery127n/a101.872.581.6
Assault551n/a441.7262.4250.2
Violent crime759n/a (estimate)608372379
Burglary771n/a618.0519.1340.5
Theft2,564n/a2,055.31,666.01,549.5
Vehicle theft258n/a206.8172.2219.9
Property crime3,593n/a (estimate)2,8802,3572,110

Key findings

  • Wilmington crime rates are 40% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Wilmington are 60% higher than the national average
  • In Wilmington you have a 1 in 29 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Wilmington is safer than 12% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Wilmington has decreased by 4%

Wilmington crime map

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The Wilmington crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Wilmington as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Wilmington crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Wilmington (per 100,000 people)

      The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Wilmington, NC per 100,000 people. In Wilmington, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.28 times more than the North Carolina average and 1.40 times more than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Wilmington is 1.64 times more than the North Carolina average and 1.60 times more than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Wilmington has a daily crime rate that is 1.22 times more than the North Carolina average and 1.37 times more than the overall daily national average.

      How Safe is Wilmington (higher is better)

      Is Wilmington safe in comparison to other cities in the state of North Carolina as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Wilmington to other cities in the state and across the country, Wilmington is 29% safer than other cities of North Carolina and 12% safer than other cities in the nation. Wilmington has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Wilmington

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Wilmington is 1 in 165
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Wilmington is 1 in 35
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Wilmington is 1 in 29
      Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Wilmington, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 165. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 35 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Wilmington is 1 in 29.

      Year Over Year Crime In Wilmington (per 100,000 people)

      An ideal indicator of whether Wilmington is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Wilmington has not changed and the rate of property crime in Wilmington has decreased by 4%. The total crime rate in Wilmington has decreased by 4% year to year.

      Wilmington police department

      ItemWilmingtonNorth CarolinaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)30414,511558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.84.83.3
      There are a total of 304 Wilmington police officers. This results in 2.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 41.8% less than the North Carolina average and 14.5% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in North Carolina

      StateTotal offendersNorth Carolina /100KNational /100K
      North Carolina26,293320266
      There are a total of 26,293 sex offenders in North Carolina. This yields a total of 320 sex offenders in North Carolina per 100,000 residents which is 20% greater than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Sea Breeze, NC1,88690567657
      Bayshore, NC3,956111706818
      Porters Neck, NC7,052121767887
      Ogden, NC6,909127805932
      Skippers Corner, NC2,754133843976
      Belville, NC2,473135854989
      Northchase, NC3,4611711,0861,257
      Wilmington, NC113,7246082,8803,489

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Arvada, CO113,5322172,9783,195
      Downey, CA113,2233132,2022,515
      Odessa, TX114,2581,0382,9353,973
      Round Rock, TX112,7671241,6841,808
      Lansing, MI114,7731,1042,8203,924
      Wilmington, NC113,7246082,8803,489
      Source: The Wilmington, NC crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2019. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.